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[Verse 1] Farewell mother home and friends, We may never meet again, Soon ﾔmid strangers I must roam, Oh! the parting gives me pain, Tho' I wander far away, Lonely o'er lifes stormy sea; Who will shed one gentle tear, For a wand'ring refguee. Who will shed one gently tear, For a wandr'ing refugee.
[Chorus] Mother, oh! farwell! I must go, I'll think of thee, Oh! Mother, I must leave thee now, I'm a wand'ring refugee.
[Verse 2] Farewell sunny southern home, Home I always lov'd so true Oft' will tear drops dim mine eyes, When my mem'ry flies to you, But the happy scenes of yore, I alas will never see, I'll be roaming far away A lonely wand'ring refugee. I'll be roaming far away A lonely wand'ring refugee.
Hays, Will S., "Refugee" (1865). - Historic Sheet Music Collection.1205.